I have been following with interest the ongoing debate over foie gras production in the Northern Express. Many of your readers have done an excellent job in pointing out all the facets of foie gras production that make it so reprehensible: the suffocation of day-old female ducklings, the painful injuries caused by jamming an inflexible pipe down a birds throat, and the deliberate infliction of a deadly, horribly painful liver disease.
You dont have to be an animal-rights activist or vegetarian to oppose this type of abuse. Force feeding an animal to the brink of deathso that his liver expands to ten times its normal sizeis inherently cruel. The fact that this is done for the sake of an overpriced delicacy consumed by a tiny percentage of the population makes it all the more morally repugnant.